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CSPAN
Jan 3, 2013 12:00pm EST
congress. i welcome back all my colleagues to a place that we love, the united states senate. but in particular, i'd like to welcome illinois senator mark kirk. he's been away from us for a year recovering from an illness. we're all grateful for his recovery. he's really been an inspiration to us. today on the east front of the capitol to see him walk up those steps was really -- it said it all. so we're very proud of him and glad that he's back with us. i also offer a special welcome to the 13 new members of the senate. the presiding officer: may we have order in the chambers and in the gallery. mr. reid: madam president, i'm confident that each senator will treasure their memories in this historic legislative body and that each will serve our states and our nation with distinction. all the members of the freshman class are accomplished in their own right. i can remember many years ago, 30 years ago, madam president, a new member of the house, speaker o'neill called us in in small groups to talk to him. madam president, we really need order. it's very distracting. the presiding offi
NBC
Jan 3, 2013 4:30am EST
. 66 days and counting. shame on you. shame on congress. >> the senate will also have to approve the legislation because votes will be taken in the new congress which begins this afternoon. senators hope to act tomorrow shortly after the house votes. >>> 4:35. secretary of state hillary clinton is out of the hospital after spending four days there for treatment for a blood clot. she was seen smiling inside a van as it pulled away from the new york phospital. it's believed the blood clot developed after she hit her head in december. she's expected to make a full recovery. >>> a virginia death row inmate is expected to become a free man later today. justin wolf is scheduled to be released by 5:00 this evening. he was sentenced to death for the death of daniel parolee. he hired owen barbie to kill him. in july, a judge threw out the conviction saying barber lied. a federal appeals court could still intervene to stop the release. >>> ahead, calling for action. the changes justin bieber wants made after the death of a photographer. >>> the immigration battle that's keeping a woman from he
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 9:00am EST
path for members of congress, senator tom coburn, the debt bomb and robert draper has written a book about congress, do not ask what good we do:inside the u.s. house of representatives. do either of you look for these books when they come out by members of congress or politicians? >> i certainly note them but i feel as if from my sense these books are way too entrenched members of congress not only in positions but potentially to position them for future runs weather within their current offices or something different so it seems as if it is more of a calling card than it is furthering their career as doctors , certainly being authors of books. it is a way of announcing to the public they are part of a larger conversation. >> i wonder how much is written by a member of congress given their schedules and the need to raise money. >> you're looking at time management. >> i don't know. i always remember, nathaniel hawthorne wrote some president's campaign biography and got a job, patronage job. an old tradition, the beauty of obama's memoir which he wrote before he was a politician, a li
SFGTV
Jan 2, 2013 10:00pm PST
how much the major city police chiefs of this country support the mayor. senator feinstein, congress, state senators, and mayors like mayor lee that we're fortunate to have, on gun control. senator feinstein will re-submit the assault weapons ban which bans 100 specific assault rifles, including the weapon used in sandy hook and high-capacity magazines of 10 rounds or more. there's other things that we as major city chiefs would like to see happen, such as the banning of internet ammo sales. we'd like to see in-person transactions. the record of sales and licensing of ammo vendors, and other things i can talk to you about off line. we are doing everything we can to make san francisco a safer place and reduce violent crime. the mayor spoke of ipo, which he introduced at the very beginning of august. and for the first august in memory and maybe even on record, we suffered zero homicides in that month. unfortunately one homicide in the city is too many. we've had 67 this year to date, which is up over the last couple years, record low. still the best we've had in 10 years absent those r
CSPAN
Jan 3, 2013 10:00am EST
hours the house will gavel in, the new 113th congress, and the senate will do so as well. our coverage on c-span and crmbing span 2, thanks for watching. [captioning performed by national captioning institute] [captions copyright national cable satellite corp. 2013] >> as you've been hearing about all morning, today is the opening day of the new 113th congress and here on the c-span networks we'll have live coverage of both the house and senate floors. the house of representatives gaveling in at 12:00 to -- at 11:00 to conclude the 112th congress and at noob eastern, the 113th congress begins. here on c-span watch the action on the house floor. the senate also gavels in for the day at noon eastern on c-span2. we'll have live coverage as senators take the oath and get sworn. in they'll also set out the rules governing the chamber over the next two years. one potential rule change that may be considered are changes to filibuster rules which allow members to block legislation. on your screen, some of the newly elected and current members of congress leaving a bipartisan prayer service thi
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 4:30am PST
." now, as you said, congress, the senate, rather, did pass a scaled-back version. but it's setting the substantial now for a showdown in the house. >> reporter: in the early- morning hours of new year's day, the senate began voting on a bill to avoid the so-called "fiscal cliff." >> the bill as amended is passed. >> reporter:
CSPAN
Jan 3, 2013 5:00pm EST
3, 2013, the provisions of senate concurrent resolution 36, 112th congress, to authorize the use of the rotunda and emancipation hall of the capitol by the joint congressional committee on inaugural ceremonies in connection with the proceedings and ceremonies conducted for the inauguration of the president-elect and the vice president-elect of the united states are continued with the same power and authority provided for in that resolution. the speaker pro tempore: without objection, the concurrent resolution is agreed to. the chair customarily takes this occasion at the outset of a congress to announce his policies with respect to particular aspects of the legislative process. the chair will insert in the record announcements concerning first privileges of the floor, second, introduction of bills and resolutions, third, unanimous consent requests for the consideration of legislation, fourth, recognition for one-minute d speeches, fifth, recognition for special order speeches, sixth, decorum in debate, seventh, conduct of votes by electronic device, eighth, the use of handouts on th
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 9:00am PST
the u.s. house and senate. the 113th congress is convening for the first time. the gavels came down moments ago, all re-elected and newly elected officers take the oath of office. there were 97 freshman, 84 in the house, 13 in the senate. while republicans still control the house, democrats gained seats in both chambered, two more in the senate, eight more in the house. a bit of added drama as well on the house side. speaker john boehner hoping to hold john to his leadership position. he has lost some support from some republicans that were outraged he delayed a vote on hurricane sandy relief. boehner and nancy pelosi are officially nominated in about 40 minutes or so. then the voting begins. we want to bring in our team keeping a close eye on history being made. of course, wolf blitzer and gloria borger are in washington and dana bash live on capitol hill. wolf, we'll start off with you. you've probably lost count on the number of times you have covered this event and watched this take place. we'll talk about boehner in a minute, but talk a little bit about the diversity we see in
CSPAN
Dec 31, 2012 11:00pm EST
: several members of congress have written books this past pastor including senator rand paul, government bullies and represented john lewis wrote another book, across that bridge about his experience. senator marco rubio a biography, an american son and represented tim ryan a mindful nation how a single practice can help reduce stress, improve performance and recapture the american spirit. a little off the beaten path for members of congress. senator tom coburn, the debt bomb and robert draper has written a book about congress. do not ask what good we do inside the u.s. house of representatives. do either of you look for these books when they come out by members of congress or politicians? >> guest: i certainly know them but i feel as if at least from my standpoint that these books are way too entrenched the members of congress not only in their positions but also potentially to position them for future runs, be it within their current offices or maybe something different. so, it seems as if it's more of a calling card then it is furthering their career as authors. certainly,
FOX News
Jan 3, 2013 12:00pm PST
congress. how senator came back from a stroke. a remarkable day, walking up the stairs outdoors, the nation's capitol today. >>gregg: look at this swearing in ceremony for the house of representatives a photo op and joining us by telephone from capitol hill, senior producer who keeps us alive each second with all kinds of news. we have been watching this, chad, where everyone gets their picture takes with the speaker. explain this. >>reporter: right now the speaker is shaking hands with a democrat from florida and in a second he will walk across the room, they have another set of flags lined up and they will bring in in a congress woman matsui and he walks back to the other side and another mock swearing in, with another member, a member who lost to west a couple of years ago and now, he has come back. they all bring if their families. they have a number of different ways to take the oath. a catholic bible. a buddhist sutra is on hand, brought over from the library of congress. you can pick what you want to take the oath on and get your picture taken with the speaker boehner. >>gregg
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 5:30pm PST
christmas for that to happen. one senator is calling it not a great attitude in congress right now. >> senator? >> reporter: 7 tors arrived to continue last-minute negotiations hours before the nation is set to fall off of the so-called fiscal cliff. after a day of intense talks, senate majority leader, harry reid said there will not be a deal tonight. >> there is a distance between the two sides, tpheg orbingiations continue. >> if republicans and democrats can not strike a deal, taxes will go up for almost every american, automatic cuts will kick in and millions will loose unemployment benefits. >> i want everyone to know i am will willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >> they quickly cut the deficit by slowing the growth of social security but the senate says there is a little bit of movement when they are compromising which americans should should get ready to pay a higher tax rate. >> reporter: in an unusual move republicans here on capitol hill called on the nation's number 2 democrat, vice president joe biden, to help in negotiations, this as the white house p
ABC
Jan 3, 2013 12:00pm EST
the guard in the u.s. senate. vice president joe biden is swearing in members of this 113th congress on the senate floor he is doing seven or eight senators at a time as they take the oath and sign the ledger. >> i was honored earlier this morning to mc the ceremonial swearing-in of the congressional black caucus, the 113th congress, at the capitol visitors center. congratulations to all of our new representatives on the hill. >> great to see. a lot of hope rests in every new congress. >> that is true. >>starbucks wants to team you up with a way to help out the environment. >> starting today, it will begin selling reusable plastic cups for $1. they look similar to the existing cups and it is to get you to go green and you get a 10 cent discount for bringing your own cup. that will pay for itself after about 10 uses and starbucks says it will clean the cup for you with boiling water before each use. >>subaru is recalling 634,000 cars in the united states. this is over faulty brakes that could cause fires. -- faulty lights that could cause fires. the company says moisture can get into
CBS
Dec 30, 2012 8:30am PST
with congress and senate the senate is because we make decisions based on what is in the best interest of our politics not in the best interest of the country. and so there's this lack of trust that we will do what's in the best interest of our country, even if it hurts us politically. and that's called leadership. and we don't see much of that. and that's not a partisan statement. that's both sides. when we look at a parochial interest more important than the interest of the nation, which is exactly the opposite of why the senate was createed in the first place, why we had a bicamera legislature. you see why we have such low esteem in voters. >> o'donnell: you both served with nebraska senator chuck hagel who has been it named for it defense. >> you cannot vote for him because of the statements he's made. >> i think he has proven his patriotism, and public service. two purple hearts in vietnam. this man deserves more than just a hearing. he deserves the respect for the service he's given our country in the and the senate and to disqualify film hear statements made-- i think h
ABC
Jan 2, 2013 6:00am EST
midnight deadline by-passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into a recession. >> reporter: now the president praised the deal and quickly took off for a hawaiian vacation. now in march, another round of fighting as congress tackles the debt ceiling. reporting live, sherrie johnson. >> after this happened maryland congressman andy harris released a statement in part reading, i oppose this legislation that increases taxes on 77% of people in my district. and here's why congressman harris says the deal actually raises taxes on most americans. that deal prevented an increase on income taxes but you will have to pay more coming out of your paycheck. that's because this deal didn't extend to the payroll tax holiday which means someone earning 50,000 dollars a year will pay about 1,000 dollars more a year in social security taxes. >>> an update for you on the condition
ABC
Jan 2, 2013 6:30am EST
deadline by-passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> it's a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one. that is critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: so in march another round of fighting as congress tackles the debt ceiling. sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> immediately after commenting on the house vote the president headed to andrews air force base in maryland and this is new video from overnight where he boarded the plane to fly to hawaii to rejoin his family. obama spent five days there before returning to the white house last thursday. >>> changes are coming to the health care for the coming year of 2013 the main is health insurance exchanges. they must be up and running by october 1st. only 18 states including maryland on thed to build their exchange. other things you need to watch out for, contributions to a flexible spending account is limited to 2500 dollars. you're allowed to deduct more unreimbursed medical cost when you file taxes but for that you have to itemize. >>
MSNBC
Dec 30, 2012 12:00pm PST
have hit a major setback. the senate is in session but after 516 days congress has not been able to make a deal. this morning in an exclusive interview president obama said compromise will be a key to making a deal. >> it is very important for republicans in congress to be willing to say we understand we are not going to get 100%. we are willing to compromise in a serious way. >> senate leaders hoped to send a plan right about now. the talks have broken down. listen to what senate leader said on the floor a short while ago. >> now, i'm concerned about the lack of urgency here. i think we all know we are running out of time. this is far too much at stake for political gamesmanship. the consequences of this are too high for the american people to be engaged in a political messaging campaign. i am interested in getting a result here. >> we have been trying to come up with some counteroffer to my friends' proposal. we have been unable to do that. i had have had a conversation with the president and that this stage we are not able to make a counteroffer. >> what happens now? with us is c
ABC
Jan 1, 2013 11:00pm PST
house and the senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> to avoid this fiscal cliff, they set up new ones. in just two months they will have to deal with the spending cuts they put off and have a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> stocks hit a five-month high after the house voted. many were worried if the vote had failed, it may have pushed the u.s. into a recession. now the real test comes tomorrow when the stock exchange opens in new york at 6:30 in the morning. we're going to have more on that. that begins at 4:30 a.m. >>> president obama left washington late tonight. he is returning to hawaii to rejoin his family for a vacation. the president interrupted his traditional christmas holiday to work with lawmakers to prevent the economy from going over that so-called fiscal cliff. we have a cold night ahead with temperatures dropping into the 20s and 30s. we caught folks in union square bundled up in their winter jackets to ward off the cold. abc7's spencer christian is here with live doppler 7hd. >> temperatures
ABC
Jan 2, 2013 5:30am EST
and senate, congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> it's a very, very strong first step. >> this is an important one and a critical one for the future of the country. >> reporter: now in about two months, congress needs to deal with spending cuts they put off and there will be a fight over the debt ceiling. reporting live in federal hill, sherrie johnson, abc2 news. >>> so the deal is done and we won't pay anymore in taxes this year. but it's not true. the fiscal cliff deal keeps income tax rates at courage level for 98% but doesn't extend the payroll tax cut. more will go into socialsecurity. most lower and middle income familiesly vied -- families will avoid a thousand more in income taxes they will pay more for payroll taxer. >>> 2013 means changes are coming to health care. big thing to watch is with the health insurance exchanges. they have to be up and running by october 1st. only 18 states including maryland on thed to build their exchange -- opted to build their own exchange. other things to watch out with the health care reform act is contributions to a fle
ABC
Jan 3, 2013 2:35am EST
. shame on congress. >> since the vote will be taken in the new congress, the senate will have to pass the legislation again. it is expected to be approved quickly on a voice vote. >> can we streamline anything? please? >> it is crazy. but you have to look at the big picture here. boehner has kind of gone back a little bit and promised this money, because the folks in the northeast made the point katrina victims got their money within a few weeks in 2005. what could be the holdup here? but some felt the $60 billion price tag was just too much. >> a lot of critics within boehner's own party had a meeting today to try to calm them down a little bit and say this is going to happen. gave them his word it was going to happen. they'll get the $9 billion as of friday and the remaining $51 billion coming up. but some of the more outspoken critics said that this won't sway them, they'll still vote for him in the 113th congress. >> he's had a rough couple of weeks. plan b kind of collapsed on him, showed the rift in the republican party. and then, again, fellow republicans not happy with how he
ABC
Jan 3, 2013 2:35am EST
look very different. for the first time, the new congress will have 20 female senators. that is the most in history. it will also have the fewest number of military veterans since world war ii. and tammy baldwin, a democrat from wisconsin, will become the nation's first openly gay senator. >> and everyone is cheering this tax deal. essentially what they did was establish three more fiscal cliffs to deal with. one over the sequester, which are the massive spending cuts. then the debt ceiling debate and a continuing budget resolution. so there are three more cliffs coming in 2013. you wonder what else could or would or will get done this year. >> maybe they will be more productive, though. maybe they can get along. >> i love your optimism. so good luck. >> my new year's resolution is to be more optimistic. >> good luck, congress. >>>over night, we learned that president obama signed the fiscal cliff bill, which preserves tax cuts for most americans. the agreement sent stocks surging with the dow jones up 300 points. the euphoria, ain't going to last long. big cuts with defense were no
CSPAN
Jan 2, 2013 12:00pm EST
becomes the longest-serving member of congress in the history of the state of nevada. senator reid was elected to the u.s. house of representatives the same year that i was elected, in 1982, and became a member of the house in 1983. he became a member of the united states senate in 1987. he has served with great distinction in both houses of congress, serving his state of nevada. and today is the highest-ranking democrat in the united states senate serving as its majority leader. i would dare say, mr. president, that you and i will probably not really know anything about the town of searchlight, nevada, were it not for harry reid. harry reid has told us so many stories of his youth and his background in that tiny town and what brought him to this station in life today. i almost feel if there were a town or high school reunion i could attend it with harry and look around and recognize a lot of people there, because i've certainly heard stories about his youth and the people that had a dramatic impact on his life from the time that he was growing up in searchlight, neff. we know he came
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 2:00am PST
time. even with new faces in both the house and senate, the new congress will need to pick up where the 112th left off. it must confront the federal debt ceiling and deal with the deep spending cuts called for in those fiscal cliff negotiations. >>> with a deep desire for normalcy, students from connecticut's sandy hook elementary school returned to class today, the first time since the december 14th massacre in newtown. they'll gather in a middle school in nearby monroe that has been outfitted to look like sandy hook down to the desks, bulletin boards, cubbies and security is a top priority. >> i think right now it has to be the safest school in america. we have many different options in place. most of monroe schools were already monitored at the police department with cameras. we actually installed numerous different security devices at this school. we will remain, our presence on location, until further notice. >>> the mass shooting killed 20 children and six adults. >>> the online publication of this map by a suburban new york city newspaper led that paper to ironically hire arm
KOFY
Jan 2, 2013 12:00am PST
house and the senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> to avoid this fiscal cliff, they set up new ones. in just two months they will have to deal with the spending cuts they put off and have a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> stocks hit a five-month high after the house voted. many were worried if the vote had failed, it may have pushed the u.s. into a recession. now the real test comes tomorrow when the stock exchange opens in new york at 6:30 in the morning. we're going to have more on that. that begins at 4:30 a.m. >>> president obama left washington late tonight. he is returning to hawaii to rejoin his family for a vacation. the president interrupted his traditional christmas holiday to work with lawmakers to prevent the economy from going over that so-called fiscal cliff. we have a cold night ahead with temperatures dropping into the 20s and 30s. we caught folks in union square bundled up in their winter jackets to ward off the cold. abc7's spencer christian is here with live doppler 7hd. >> temperatures
FOX
Jan 3, 2013 5:30pm EST
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CNN
Jan 3, 2013 4:00am PST
freshmen senators, 81 freshmen representatives among those taking the oath. the new congress includes a record 20 female senators. >> it's going to be like the first day of school for all them too. >> we're talking to joaquin castro later. >> his first day on the new job. >> see how it will go. >> he's coming to a place which hasn't been terribly friendly the last 24 hours. though it appears house speaker john boehner will get to keep his gavel in the new congress. there was a storm of outrage over speaker boehner scrapping a vote on superstorm sandy relief. he is now doing an about-face, the first of two votes on sandy aid package will take place tomorrow. new york congressman peter king, who accused boehner of betraying the party, tells cnn he is glad the speaker is making things right. >> the bottom line is that we are now receiving what we asked for. as far as i'm concerned, what's done is done. i've always considered john boehner a friend. i said that on the house floor today, which made it all the more painful for me to say what i felt i had to say. i owed it to my constituents
ABC
Jan 2, 2013 1:05am PST
the house and the senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. >> to avoid this fiscal cliff, they set up new ones. in just two months they will have to deal with the spending cuts they put off and have a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. karen travers, abc news, washington. >>> stocks hit a five-month high after the house voted. many were worried if the vote had failed, it may have pushed the u.s. into a recession. now the real test comes tomorrow when the stock exchange opens in new york at 6:30 in the morning. we're going to have more on that. that begins at 4:30 a.m. >>> president obama left washington late tonight. he is returning to hawaii to rejoin his family for a vacation. the president interrupted his traditional christmas holiday to work with lawmakers to prevent the economy from going over that so-called fiscal cliff. we have a cold night ahead with temperatures dropping into the 20s and 30s. we caught folks in union square bundled up in their winter jackets to ward off the cold. abc7's spencer christian is here with live doppler 7hd. >> tempera
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 11:00am PST
makeup of congress is not changing that much. the senate is adding two democratic seat he is. the house lost some republican seats but republicans still control the house, obviously, the president is still in the white house. still absolutely a recipe for stalemate. what mcconnell said in that op ed is interesting, a lot like what john boehner indicated when he didn't want to negotiate one-on-one with president obama anymore. they are saying what they need to say today to keep control to keep support among their caucus you exactly the message that mitch mcconnell needs stand on today to go forward there is a small window of opportunity, right, they, for example, kicked the can down the road on the sequestration cuts two months from now. that gives them two months and maybe they will be in a better negotiating position then. maybe. we will see. >> eugene, any reason to believe that the latest deal brought senator mcconnell any closer to the white house because, you know, he seems poised to have this debt ceiling fight that the president clearly wants to avoid. >> well, i think ab i
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 6:00am PST
in the senate. and for the first time, the new congress will have an all-female delegation. there it is. representing the state of new hampshire. >>> and those are the fewest number of military veterans in the senate in house since world war ii, tammy duckworth of illinois and tulsi gabbard of illinois will be the first female combat veterans to serve in coming. also the first hindu. the senate will have its first buddhist in the hawaii senator. some familiar faces will be gone. so long to florida congressman allen west. but there are plenty of new ones to watch in the 113th congress. there's, of course, democratic senator, soon to be the senior senator from massachusetts, elizabeth warren. independent senator angus king, who will caucus with the democrats, but he is certain to play an interesting role. and don't underestimate the one new republican senator to enter this. deb fischer, a woman there -- she's going to be someone to watch. don't assume she is just somebody that's going to be tea party through and through. >>> all right, developing now. you're looking at live pictures he
CBS
Jan 3, 2013 12:00pm PST
: danielle nottingham, cbs news, capitol hill. >>> the 113th congress includes 13 new senators and 82 new house members. >> it does. and two of those representatives are from right here in the bay area. er rick swalwell represents the 15th congressional district which includes much of alameda county and huffman replaces woolsey in the second district including bay area cities and counties and woodland to yreka. . >>> >>> the first-ever hindu member of congress of hawaii was sworn in using the bagava gita instead of the holy bible. she grew up in hawaii and is a military veteran. she says she is a nonpracticing buddhist. she succeeds a retiring senator. >>> a long-time bay area ceo is retiring. steve bird has been in the business for more than 20 years at safe way. he is known for improving the pleasanton-based company's brand and taking a national role in healthcare reform. safeway chain which has stores across the country will be searching for a successor both internally and externally. >> and we have got a lot more ahead including a pretty amazing discovery in san francisco. >> he is th
CBS
Jan 3, 2013 12:00pm EST
. >> the 113th congress includes 13 new senators and 82 new house members. >>> well, among the biggest critics of the slow approach in congress is new jersey governor chris christie. he blasted the house after speaker john boehner chose not to vote on a sandy relief bill because he was upset on how the talks were going. >> every day that we don't begin to get this aid are days that we can't help people get back in their homes, get businesses reopened, get our economy moving in this state again. those are the real consequences of it. inability for people to plan about what their future is going to be. it's absolutely disgraceful. >> the house will debate a second sandy relief bill. it zest mated to be worth -- it is estimated to be worth $51 billion later this month. >>> meanwhile the senate passed a $60 billion relief package for sandy victims last week. >>> well, students from newtown, connecticut are returning to class toda it has been three weeks since a gunman massacred 26 classmates and teachers at their elementary school. the students are being welcomed into a newly renovated sch
FOX News
Jan 3, 2013 8:00am PST
change the process in congress? where do you start, senator, to make things different and better? >> well, i'm going to start by encouraging the leadership in the senate to put bills on the floor, not minutes or seconds before a deadline, but weeks or months before the deadline. and sure, we don't agree on everything. sure, we don't have a deal in advance but that is what the senate floor is for. that is what it is supposed be to be there to debate, discuss and amend. legislative proposal might not start out in state of perfection and might not be in state of perfection when it he is voted on but if it is in the open the american people know what they're getting by the time their elected representatives vote on it. jenna: why do you feel this deal was in a behind closed doors, now not out in the open? >> it doesn't have to be done that way and shouldn't be done that way and wouldn't be done that way if they didn't know they could get away with it. so i do encourage all people out there who are concerned about this to contact their members of congress and tell them they expect nor and that
CBS
Dec 28, 2012 7:00am PST
corker of tennessee has offered proposals in recent weeks to break the stalemate in congress. senator, good morning, good to see you. >> good morning, jeff good to be with you. >> are we going over the cliff? >> well it depends on what that means. i think 98% of the people in our country can be assured that at some point over the next short period of time, their income taxes are going to be the same but this congress as you know has been more prepared than any to deal with the big issues our nation faces and what you're seeing is a lack of courage to deal with the spending issues. unfortunately, you know today the average american doesn't realize that there's 40% of government services that they're not paying for. only one-third of medicare is paid for by those people who actually use it and because there's been this charade going on, where the left and right basically have conspired together to shield the american people from the true cost of government, we really don't have any constituency here to help reduce spending because we have not dealt with that issue, there's been no progress on
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Dec 28, 2012 6:00pm EST
headed to the senate floor to address members of congress&so did mitch mcconnell. both men described the negotiations as positive and constructive and say the next 24 hours are critical. >> we are engaged in discussions. the majority leader and myself and the white house in the hopes that we can come forward as early as sunday and have a recommendation that i can make to my conference and the majority leader can make to his conference. so, we'll be working hard to see if we can get there in the next 24 hours. >> whatever we come up with is going to be imperfect. some people are not going like it, some people will like less, but that is where we are. and i feel confident that we have an obligation to do the best we can. >> reporter: as tom mentioned, just a few moments ago, we heard from the president, too, on his prospects for keeping the nation from plummeting off the fiscal cliff. >> if an agreement is not reached in time between senator reid and senator mcconnell, then i will urge senator reid to bring to the floor a basic package for an up-or-down vote, one that protects the midd
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Jan 3, 2013 7:00am EST
congress will feature the most women ever to serve in the house. the incoming senate freshman class is made up of three republicans, a democrat, and one independent. 45 republican senators overall. 53 democrats, two independents. if we are coming to you live from capitol hill in the rotunda. we'll get your thoughts of the 113 congress. we will be joined later this morning by several newly elected members of congress. first, bob kusack, managing editor of the hill magazine to join us for your thoughts and comments. you can join the conversation at -- bob, let's begin with opening day at noon. guest: there was controversy couple years ago, a couple members in the house did not realize when they would do the swearing in. they were by a television screen and thought they could get sworn in that way. that will not happen again. they will get sworn in. a first vote they will have is for the house speaker. house republicans have chosen john boehner and the the democrats have chosen nancy pelosi. that's the first order of business. >> there is some drama expected. >> yes. and there had been sp
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Jan 3, 2013 6:00am EST
convene on cap doll hill at noon. the new congress will have 20 female senators, the most ever in u.s. history. and for the first time, there will be an all female delegation from a state, new hampshire. and tammy baldwin a democrat in wisconsin will become the nation's first openly gay senator. >>> just ahead this morning, if there's good video out there especially of criminals caught on camera, you can rest assured you will see it here on "good morning maryland." >> something like out of a movie. take a look at this. within seconds you can see a van goes right through a gas station door and they drive off with the atm. we'll share the rest of the video with you when we come back. >> hang in there. the house leaders are now pledging to vote on getting victims from sandy much-needed help. >> fighting a fire is bad enough. without a hydrant? nearly impossible and scary. what happened when a fire department couldn't find a working hydrant. >> and we have lots of clouds around this morning. but no rain or no snow. i'll tell you when we see the sun again and how long it will last coming u
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Dec 31, 2012 5:00pm EST
congress. you will not be able to vote on whatever is finally presented but i'm curious, does the senate deal have the potential if it gets through the senate to pass the house? >> i think it is going to pass the house. as i understand the parameters of the deal, the house i think would get a majority vote, probably substantial majority. i think it will pass the senate. it might still happen not tonight but tomorrow. that would still be the current session of congress. we're not getting a bill to the president tonight just because of the logistics of drafting the bill, presenting it to the senate and bringing it to the house but i think we'll get it done tomorrow. so we will have avoided a catastrophic event for the economy but we still could have done better with the timing. adam: let's point out some of the details what's in the work in senate. we understand the deal, at least for taxes which mitch mcconnell, said, taken care of. taxes going up for anybody making 400,000, single person, $450,000 for a married couple. we understand that. as soon as it gets to the house, tomorrow? and wh
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Dec 27, 2012 8:00am PST
as well. over in congress the senate is in session, the first time either the house or senate has been in session for legislative business between christmas and new year's since 1970. and this morning the top senate democrat, harry reid, chided the top house republican, speaker john boehner, for not calling house legislators into session. >> speaker boehner should call members of the house back to washington today. he shouldn't have let them go, in fact. they're not here. they are not here. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than about keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> reporter: in response a spokesman for the speaker said, quote: senator reid should talk less and legislate more. the house has already passed legislation to avoid the entire fiscal cliff. senate democrats have not. speaker boehner is in his home state of ohio today. the house gop leadershipship put out a statement yesterday saying the house has passed legislation extending existing tax cuts and putting -- delaying putting off some spending cuts and replacing them with other
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Dec 26, 2012 12:00am EST
congress from senator sanders and representative elliso, all of which identify over $10 billion annually that are going to the fossil fuel industry in subsidies. melissa: but you say hard-earned dollars. congress doesn't have any money. they don't have money to give the money they have is my money taken from me. it is companies money they have paid in. it is tax revenue. exxon is hanging on to earnings, rather these are deductions rather than sending even more tax dollars they're paying less tax based on investments they're making. you're calling those things subsidies. that is not congress's money that is exxon's money hanging on to but they'r not taking money back. they're hanging onto the money they have earned. do you understand that point? >> i disagree with your perspective. basically i pay taxes. you pay taxes. melissa: on pays taxes? >> exxon does not pay their fair share. they get tax breaks that are written into the law by their very highly-paid lobbies and supported by the many congresspeople who they give millions of dollars to every year in election campaigns. melis
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Jan 3, 2013 5:00am EST
. senators. here are some facts about the incoming class. the new congress will have 20 female senators the most ever in u.s. history and for the first time it will boast an all female delegation for a state. that being new hampshire. bald win will become the nation's first openly gay u.s. senator. >>> they left without a vote on it and angered a lot of people. new york lawmakers say house speaker john boehner has promised votes or aid to sandy victims by january 15th. the speaker scheduled the first vote for tomorrow for a $9 billion bill in flood insurance. the remaining $51 billion in the package will be voted on in the next two weeks. the decision to cancel the vote outraged lawmakers from new york and new jersey and members from his own state. >>> time now for a check on the weather. over to meteorologist lynette charles. chilly out there. >> it is cold it there this morning. megan it's going to stay that way throughout the day. not going to be dealing with any type of precip. we have some snow to the north and rain to the south. that stays away from us throughout the day
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Jan 2, 2013 2:35am EST
the fiscal cliff. but passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with the automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> we get to look forward to so much more. >>> victims of hurricane sandy will have to wait longer for help. lawmakers did not vote on a measure to provide aid to people affected by the storm. the senate hassocked more than $60 billion to the region, but house republicans say the price tag is too high and includes too much pork. >>> secretary of state clinton spending her fourth day in the hospital being treated for blood clots. chelsea clinton tweeted, thank you for all sending good thoughts my mom's day. grateful to her doctors and that she'll make a full recovery. still not clear how soon clinton will be able to go home. >>> overseas now, and gunman in northwest pakistan have am busheled a van, killing five
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Dec 27, 2012 12:00pm PST
. in congress, the senate is in session, the house is not. it's the first time either chamber has been in session for business between christmas and new year's since 1970. >> trace: so they're coming back to work. the president probably wished he stayed in hawaii because not much has changed. >> both sides are waiting for the other to make the first move. senate republicans are ready to look over a plan the democrats put forth but they say there's no plan. this morning the top senate democrat, harry reid, chided the top house republican, john boehner, nor not calling the house legislators back into zes speaker boehner should call them back today. he shouldn't have let them go in fact. they're not here. they are not here. john boehner seems to care more about keeping his speakership than keeping the nation on firm financial footing. >> in response, a spokesman for the speaker said senator reid should talk less and negotiate more. the house will be in session sunday. the house g.o.p. leadership says the lines of communication remain open and we'll work with colleagues to avert the larges
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Jan 1, 2013 5:00pm EST
the senate, senator debbie saginaw of michigan. she has done an extraordinary job. her leadership in constructing a farm bill this year really was masterful. i have been around congress for 30 years, house and senate. you can pick out the real legislators, and she is one. she sat down and crafted a farm bill. now, you may not think of michigan as a farm state. it is. she looked at this bill in terms of its entirety. in its entirety, it is about more than farmers and ranchers. it is about nutrition, food programs, school lunches, food stamps. they are all included in this bill. she crafted it with the ranking republican, pat roberts of kansas. she had 53 votes in the senate for this bill, bipartisan support. it not only had the support of every major farm organization, which is no mean feat, it save $23 billion in deficit reduction in five years. she went after some of the indefensible programs, like the direct payment program to farmers, which they readily knowledge needed to go way, took those programs aside and put the money to deficit reduction. she went to nutrition programs, which are critically important to families facing income inequality, and she protected those
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Jan 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
what he hopes this new congress can accomplish. >> reporter: mark warner and outgoing senator jim webb led the way as he took the oath of office. fellow democrat webb decided not to seek reelection, paving the way for former governor kaine to follow in hi footsteps. this is the celebration that greeted virginia's new senator. 9 celebration will soon give way to the looming challenge of deficit reduction. in spite of the gloom left by the fiscal live mess, he comes armed with optimism. i had to govern at a time when we were reducing the side of the state budget. >>> three more will soon be added, enough new blood he thinks to perhaps change the atmospherivities 50 newcomers, that's on lot of fresh air. >> i hope it would lead -- that's what virginians want to see. today warner quickly reminded kaine of the new status. >> the next great junior senator, our friend tim kaine. virginia's senior senator admits the fiscal cliff debacle is discouraging, but he too has renewed hope implts my hope is with 15 new members there will be a group to join those of us stirring the pot and hopefully we
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Jan 2, 2013 1:40am PST
fiscal cliff. but by passing the compromise deal in the house and senate, congress can try to take credit for retroactive tax cuts. to avoid this fiscal cliff, congress essentially set up new ones. in just two months, they're going to have to deal with automatic spending cuts they put off, and there's going to be a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. john and paula, back to you. >> so basically they just worked out the tax code here. they've got the spending cuts coming up in the next couple of months. but republicans in the house didn't really like it. they voted just about 2-1 against it. but this gives them a little leverage coming up when they start negotiating for the spending cuts. i thought it was interesting, two that did vote for it, the speaker of the house, john boehner, and former vice presidential candidate paul ryan voted for the bill. against it, marco rubio. so that sets up a nice dynamic for 2016. >> no doubt about it. to put it very simple, they kicked the can down the road a little bit. we're going to catch back up with it and deal with it again. >> one other quic
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Jan 1, 2013 10:00am EST
without giving the american people time to understand it and share their incite with congress. senator mitch mcconnell said, quote, this shouldn't be the model for how we do things, end quote. and the senate boasts it is america's deliberative body. today that claim rings hollow. mr. speaker, the house must postpone this vote until the american people have time to evaluate this extraordinary complex legislation around its impact on taxes, revenue, the economy, our debt and a myriad of other issues. it is better to get it right than to act in haste. mr. speaker, if we vote on the senate fiscal cliff bill today, i will vote against it because this is not the way to do the people's business. i will not condone with my vote a process that denies the american people an opportunity to participate in their republic on issues of this magnitude. mr. speaker, i yield back. the speaker pro tempore: the gentleman yields back. for what purpose does the gentleman from oregon seek recognition? without objection, the gentleman from oregon is recognized for one minute. mr. blumenauer: the agreement we are ex
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Dec 30, 2012 9:30am EST
dare i doubling. it is it a mechanism that congress needs to update and the senate passed the law and legislation . now for the house leadership to bring it up. it is it simple and uncompplicated provision to do the law. th is fine and you will have many, many goverent and dairy farmers going out. >> and john, i haven't milked the cow. but that takes a long time. not to mention it is corn and wheat . affect erything we eat for dinner. this is it a tirible policy. i grew up in sweetwater, texas and nearnevermilked a cow . it is expoalates that to the ear 2013 . that's how you come to eight dollars. andccording to the provision they can't give it away to charity. they don't have the ability to store all of this. and this is what happens wn congress over decade puts band ai on tops of everything. same with the taxes. we are so cashtrapped to begin with. anand the consumer. and it is helping out. it compounds over and over again . reality is supply and demand even out over time price of milk depending on how much it costs to produce it nothing about the dairy clip but what about inflation
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Dec 31, 2012 9:00am PST
testimony before congress on the benghazi attack, a key demand of senate republicans. today a new senate report on benghazi heaped more blame on the state department's security procedures. president obama acknowledged lapsed that the white house would take immediate steps to resolve. he rejected criticism that he would let his u.n. ambassador twisting in the wind, susan rice, instead of training fire on republicans. >> information a politically motivated attack on her. she probably had the least to do with the attack on benghazi. why she was targeted individually for the kind of attacks that she was subjected to is -- it was puzzling to me. >> the process also seems to be playing out with one of obama's top picks to lead the pentagon. the president was quick to praise republican former nebraska senator chuck hagel, but was just as quick to say he hadn't made up his mind. >> i haven't made a decision about who to nominate. >> anything disqualify him? >> not that i see. i have serbed with chuck hagel. he know him. is he somebody who served this country is w veil valor. >> he ran into stubb
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Jan 3, 2013 6:30pm EST
jeanne shaheen. no member of the congress worked harder to get there today than republican senator mark kirk of ill notice. one year ago, at the age of 52, he had a stroke, and it left him unable to walk and barely able to talk. kirk spent months in an intensive rehabilitation program learning to speak, learning to walk, and learning to climb steps again, all with one goal in mind. >> to climb the 45 steps that my staff counted from the parking lot to the senate front door. >> pelley: and today he did. >> welcome back, man. ( cheers and applause ). >> pelley: with the help of vice president bide open his right and democratic senator joe manchin of west virginia on his left, mark kirk climbed those 45 steps of the u.s. capitol. for the junior senator from illinois, the most triumphant steps yet on a long road to recovery. also recovering this week from a blood clot in the head is hillary clinton. one day after she was released from the new york hospital, her office said today that the secretary of state will be back at work next week. there's a new report out about some of the most
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Jan 3, 2013 7:00am EST
lawmakers. the members of the 113th congress will be sworn in later today. >> 13 senators and 82 house members will be new. they will struggle with most of the same issues as the old congress from spending to gun control to immigration reform. and they face a nagging question. how much can they get done? nancy cordes is on capitol hill. nancy, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you, anthony and norah. well, i'll tell you. most lawmakers are only too happy to shut the door on the last two years. the 112th congress passed just 151 bills. that's fewer than any congress in the past 65 years. fewer than even the "do nothing" congress of 1948 that president harry truman ran against. >> we've turned ourselves into a laughingstock of the world. >> reporter: the 112th congress was filled with plenty of in-fighting but not much legislation. >> but i need a dance partner. >> reporter: the gridlock left congress with an approval rating that dipped to 10% twice last year. that's lower than past approval ratings for the irs, lawyers, and paris hilton. slightly higher than fidel castro. no on
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Jan 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
virginia's tim kaine. congratulations, senator. >> thank you. >> reporter: later, virginia's newest senator mingled with supporters at a reception. tim kaine, who worked with a republican dominated legislature as governor of virginia, said he's coming to the congress to build bipartisan bridges but with his eyes wide open. >> and that means over the next 60 days with a tipping -- on sequester and the debt ceiling, we have to continue to talk about budget and fiscal soundness. >> reporter: during campaign, you expressed confidence across the aisle. a majority of republicans on the house side did not vote for the compromise. >> it's a true majority didn't. but we haven't seen those votes coming out of the house and so i view that as a positive. >> reporter: good luck to tim kaine. virginia, brian s a particular swing state, although most of the house members in virginia are republican and they won solidly in the most recent two senate races, voters in virginia chose two democrats, tim kaine joins mark warner in the senate. brian? >> john henrehan tonight. >>> out with the old, in with
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Jan 2, 2013 4:30am EST
approval for a bill late tuesday night. >> president obama thanked congress and asked that future negotiations not involve much trauma. --drama. >> they finally got it done. congress and the along from all over the fiscal cliff, with house republicans reluctantly passing the senate bill. >> i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike that could have sent the economy back into recession. >> it appears the bill was headed for defeat. house republicans did not want to raise taxes without significant cuts in government spending. >> there are no spending cuts. we are adding $4 billion a day to the debt and we fell ilk -- feel like the senate bill failed miserably. >> they decided not to drag out the fight in the longer and risks taking the blame for massive tax hikes for nearly a met -- for nearly every american worker. >> what is the alternative? >> the bill shields those earning less than $400,000 a year from tax increases and extend unemployment benefits. it does not raise the so-called app ceiling. in two months, go
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Dec 26, 2012 7:00pm PST
. >> it is up to the senate to act. >> harry reid is working on legislation. >> harry reid, the congress and the president. >> the president is cutting his hawaii vacation short to deal with the fiscal cliff. >> really, it's kind of like falling down stairs. we have a dysfunctional congress. >> speaker boehner needs to bring his party along. >> it's pretty clear that he could not bring them along. >> john boehner doesn't seem to have full control of his caucus. >> they were this close. >> the republicans will be blamed. >> they were this close to a solution. >> we're going to head over that cliff. >> i know it's hard for the republicans. the minute those leaders move forward, they get viscerated. >> guns shouldn't be available for anyone, any time, anywhere. >> the conversation still wages on. >> its plan to add more guns to schools. >> a completely dumb-ass idea. >> i don't think the nra is listening. >> you can call it whatever you want to call it. >> congress hasn't confirmed the director of the bureau of alcohol, tobacco and firearms. >> dysfunctional, dysfunctional, dysfunctional co
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Jan 2, 2013 10:00pm PST
, and congress can put amendments to it that the senate doesn't like. it goes back and forth. and maybe i'm just somebody who has down the safest firsthand. the easier thing would have been to do it last night. get it done with, and you could have lived with what happened. >> yeah, they should have are ripped the scab off and just done it. now they want to break this bill down in little pieces and do it over and over again, it is insanity. >> i don't know, chris christie seems more of a winner, long-term, than john boehner does. staten island, thank you both for joining us tonight. >>> coming up, secretary of state hillary clinton is out of the hospital. karen finney will join us now, on what republicans are saying on whether or not she was really ill. >>> and on the rewrite tonight, how the senate works and how it works much better than you think it does. much better than anyone tells you it does, which is exactly what it did today when everybody thought the senate was not working at all. >>> i'm going to try something wicked hot tonight, something that may be impossible. i'm going to
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Dec 30, 2012 6:00pm EST
increase of more than $3400. as congress convened, even the senate chaplain praying to avoid what the president called self-inflicted wounds. let's bring in jon carl. the source has told you the vice president has been called in on this. >> reporter: that's right. i'm told the vice president is now playing a direct role in these negotiations, trying to get to a deal, a last-minute deal, a key player in the final hours. president obama set off the high-stakes weekend scramble friday night imemployering congressional leaders to take action immediately. >> the american people are not going to have any patience fora i politically self-inflicted wound to our economy. >> reporter: with that harry reid and mitch mcconnell launched a latch-dimp effort to craft a bipt plan to that stop the tax hike going into effect on new year's day. they negotiated all day saturday. saturday night there was an offer. by this morning, a clear sense of optimism and warnings that failure would be unthinkable. >> there are no breakthroughs yet, but there's a real possibility of a deal. >> if we are not able to r
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Jan 3, 2013 5:00pm EST
swearing in senators in the nation's 113th congress and the house re-elected john boehner as speark too much house. >> speaker of the house of the respect for the 113th congress. >> a new congress has a handful of new lawmakers including 20 women in the senate. some might be happy to see a change in the last session. the new faces means delays on important legislation. we'll have more details on the political challenge to this congress at 6:00. also today the state department says that hillary clinton plans to go back to work next week after being preeted for a blood clot in the head. clinton's staffer says she is speaking with staff and she sounds upbeat and ready to go. a date for her return has not been set yet. >> now for a story that everyone in washington is talking about. the redskins are getting ready for their first playoff games in six seasons. one concern the team faces, they are like lie to experiment in the playoffs. what is going on? >> they may lack playoff experience be the team does not seem to care. they are a very confident group. they are head by a player who is has
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Jan 3, 2013 2:00pm PST
off on the black conservatives. >> bob: this guy would not be in the senate or congress, or west if it wasn't for the naacp -- >> disagree. >> andrea: this is about civil rights. pull up names of the zil right obstructionist. bill connor. commissioner of public safety in alabama. democrat. >> bob: we accept that. >> andrea: democrat and -- [ overtalk ] >> bob: i know the history of this. this naacp. did the court cases to -- >> greg: then they should be nicer. >> eric: the naacp is not for the advance of the minority issue. advancement for minority issues who are liberal. now is not for advancement of women. it's advancement of women issues who are liberal. aarp is not advance. of retired person. it's liberal retired people. >> bob: i was going to say one thing but you told me to stop. >> greg: isn't it fair for a black conservative to say about the naacp they further programs that don't help the black people? is okay? >> bob: it's. no you can say it about unions or -- we have to go. >> dana: what in tim scott's background says he is not for civil rights? that's what the naacp person s
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Dec 31, 2012 7:00pm PST
resolve, but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said the two parties had reached an agreement on taxes. they are believed to have agreed to extend tax cuts for middle income earners. people earning more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes go up. that's far higher than obama's original proposal. they have yet to agree to suspend spending cuts. the democrat led senate is expected to pass the bill on new year's eve. the republican led house says it will not vote on the bill before the midnight deadline. members of congress are expected to work on a stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside the financial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans cannot come to
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Dec 27, 2012 7:00pm PST
. the top senate said his branch of congress must take the initiative on a compromise. >> it appears to me the action if there is any is now on the senate and we will have to see if we're able on a bipartisan to move forward. >> but the democrats say there can be no deal without republican concessions on tax increases. >> unless we get a sign-off from the republicans in the house, we can't get anything done. for them to talk about a bipartisan arrangement, we have done that. >> without a deal, the mediate effect would billion a tax hike. relief checks to $2 million -- 2 million onamericans would also cut, possibly triggers another major u.s. recession. >> things that you don't really need, you're not going to get. >> it will probably affect my finances in a huge way. >> it will affect my dad. my dad's 76 and he's already got his food stamps cut and his medicaid cut. i don't know how much more than can cut. >> half of all americans now expect no deal by new year's day. by a margin of 2-1 they hold the republicans more at fault than obama and his fellow democrats. >> earlier, i spoke t
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Jan 3, 2013 7:00am PST
full recovery. >>> the 113th congress will have a record 20 female senators. >>> after a public outrage, the house of representatives does have a plan on a hurricane sandy relief bill. >> speaker of the house john boehner says he'll schedule a vote on aid for victims of superstorm sandy. >> 66 days and counting. shame on you, shame on congress. >>> on wall street the first trading day of the year saw the dow's biggest gain in more than a year up more than 300 points. >>> starbucks will sell reusable cups for $1. >> touchdown! and the louisville cardinals with the biggest win in school history. >> you were friends with o.j. simpson, did you know that he was -- >> here we go with o.j. simpson. i -- >> what? hello? >> and all that matters. >> one of the top linebackers in nfl history, ray lewis told his team he's retiring after these playoffs. >> i make this last run with my team, i give them everything i got. >> on "cbs this morning." >>> breaking news kim kardashian is pregnant. >> kanye, they're going to have a baby. >> having a baby. >> i just hope the media couldn't make a big deal ou
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Jan 3, 2013 4:30am EST
congress will have 20 female senators. that's the most ever in u.s. history. it will also have the fewest number of military veterans sin also a kennedy won't be returning in the nation -- will be returning in the nation's capital. this past two years mark the first time since 1946 that a kennedy didn't hold an elect office in washington. >>> one of the first orders of business will be to vote on the sandy aid to help victims of the storm. speaker of the house john boehner scheduled one vote for tomorrow and another one next week. lawmakers were furious yesterday after congress adjourned without holding a vote on the measure. >>> the monthly private sector jobs report and the weekly jobless claims are going to be released after 8:00. tomorrow the december jobs report will come out. >>> secretary of state hillary clinton is waking up in her own home this morning. she was released from the hospital yesterday where she was being treated for a blood clot near her brain. doctors expect her to make a full recovery. there's still no word this morning on when she will return to work at the state
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Dec 28, 2012 5:00pm EST
congress. the senate will not be in tomorrow. so congressional leaders can focus on work on the fiscal cliff. some of the buzz around washington has been, if you look at what could possibly pass the house and senate, you're looking at perhaps an income threshold of about four to $500,000 a year, maybe less, to prevent those taxpayers, those amounts from having to pay additional taxes or watching their taxes go up. some of the other proposals on employment insurance. the doc fix, preventing doctors from getting a massive pay cut at the end of the year. right now congressional leaders will try to cobble something together with democratic and republican votes that can pass both the house and senate. the next 24 hours on this one, adam, very critical. adam: rich, if it is just taxes and extension of unemployment benefits where do they get money to pay for unemployment benefits? we're about to hit the debt ceiling and will have 110 billion in spending cuts come january 1? >> that is what makes this difficult. if the debt ceiling is part of this and there are no spending cuts this wil
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Dec 31, 2012 5:30pm PST
left to resolve, but we're hopeful that congress can get it done. >> senate republican leader mitch mcconnell said the two parties had reached an agreement on taxes. they are believed to have agreed to extend tax cuts for middle income earners. people earning more than $450,000 per year will see their taxes go up. that's far higher than obama's original proposal. they have yet to agree to suspend spending cuts. the democrat led senate is expected to pass the bill on new year's eve. the republican led house says it will not vote on the bill before the midnight deadline. members of congress are expected to work on a stop gap measure to prevent any serious fiscal impact. the fiscal cliff has become a term many people even outside the financial markets are talking about. if the u.s. economy falls off this cliff, ripple effects are expected. >> reporter: the term fiscal cliff has been making headlines recently. here's a brief explanation. it's a term used to refer to the economic fallout that might occur because of policy divisions in the u.s. congress. if democrats and republicans canno
CNN
Jan 3, 2013 1:00pm PST
a few houses in the senate. the demographics of this 113th congress is different. tell us about that. >> reporter: they are different. the balance of power is the same but the faces and the diversity is quite different. starting in the senate, which is way behind me, we've been talking about the fact that there is an historic number of women. 20 women. but in the house i think people remember or are known more now by the democratic party because many people have seen the movie "lincoln," that the democratic party got the white men in the south. and now for the very first time, the majority of the democrats in the house are not white men. they make up a whole host of other races and gender and so forth. and listen to a couple of those new members that helped bring that about. >> we have women hispanics, african-americans. it's diverse. it looks like our country and hopefully beyond that we'll be able to get together and i think everybody is committed to doing that. >> i think now we're seeing congress starting to catch up with where a lot of the rest of the country is and seeing a lot
CNN
Jan 2, 2013 9:00am PST
congress. a record number of latinos serving in the senate and first openly gay senator. it's more diverse. >> it is. slowly and surely congress is looking for like america, and that's a good thing, obviously. add to that list two specially notable senators. first of all, independent senator from maine, an gus king, former independent governor the to the state. 40% are independents like myself. we have a representative in the senate, someone who does walk the walk and talk the talk. the she could thing especially notable is tammy baldwin historic she's the first openly gay senator. but tim scott, appointed by nikki haley, but the first african-american republican in the u.s. senate since ed brook elected back in the 1960s and the first republican senator from the south since reconstruction. so a very significant figure he'll be cutting in the coming years. another person to look for is ted cruz, a hispanic republican from texas. he's going to be a major factor for years to come. >> john, i know we've talked a lot about the budget deal and the debt ceiling, that kind of thing. that'
MSNBC
Dec 28, 2012 9:00am PST
months ago. >> that was senator mitch mcconnell reflecting on why congress has done so little in those 514 days since it passed the bunt control act. that legislation, of course, machine dated those automatic arbitrary spending cuts supposed to motivate congress tone act some kind of comprehensive budget reform. it hasn't worked out had a way. we are now four days away if the fiscal curb. this is the first time all of the congressional leaders met with the president since november 16 in a post-election session. and new this morning, cnbc's john heart swood reporting a mini deal could be in the works. without it like a 60 to 90-day deal and include some tax raises basically for those making about $400 $400,000 or more. this morning a few senators in both parties struck a hopeful tone about the meetings. >> getting a little more optimistic today. >> i think that it is encouraging that people are talking. >> talk is good but on substance, little has changed. >> problem has not been democrats being willing to do cuts. the problem is receive gnaws. we believe this isn't a revenue issu
FOX
Jan 3, 2013 5:00am EST
senate in decades. there are also fewer veterans in the 113th congress. they will have to jump right into a bitterly divided political arena with little time to get adjusts before some difficult issues come up for a vote. there was a lot of outrage tuesday night when, after the fiscal cliff vote, the house adjourned without taking up a $60 billion aid package for victims of hurricane sandy. speaker john balkaner agreed to make sandy aid one of the first orders of business for the new congress. congress. -- speaker john boehner agreed to make sandy aid one of the first orders of business for the new congress. >> the bottom line is between saturday morning and january 15th, there are two votes that will bring in the money absolutely necessary no new york, new jersey and connecticut. as far as i'm concerned, it was an extremely positive meeting. >> reporter: as we said, one vote on friday and then another vote coming up on january 15th. those should be relatively easy compared to what lies ahead. not only will these new members and the old members as well have to deal with the sequestra
CBS
Dec 25, 2012 5:30pm PST
proposed by california democratic senator dianne feinstein. getting it through congress quickly is highly unlikely, but the mere mention of a ban is enough to send sales soaring. and it's not just guns. brownell's, the world's largest firearm supplier, said it morently sold more than three- and-a-half years worth of a.r.- ag magazines in three days. even before newtown, sales of guns and ammunition this year were surging. chb.i. background checks of intential gun buyers were up 31% 20 november 2012 over 2011. in a report issued prior to newtown, the market research rack ibis world, which tracks the gun industry, found gun venthusiasts are working dermselves into a frenzy over what another four years under the obama administration may hold for gun laws." an instructor at nova firearms re falls church, virginia, where hey nearly sold out of a.r.-15s and high-capacity magazines after newtown. so, ironically, this shooting is a.spiring more people to buy this gun, the a.r.-15, and these mgh-round magazines. >> if i could, i would give ynator feinstein and the president "salesman of the year"
FOX News
Dec 30, 2012 1:00pm PST
for the top of the news, a short time ago, senate majority leader harry reid says congress is making progress to avoid the fiscal cliff, but no deal as yet. unbelievable dashcam video of a plane slamming into a russian highway flying debris on the cars driving by. investigators say may to be blame. >> a bomber packed explosives rammed it into passenger bus full of religious pilgrims. >> the u.s. senate has approved a $60.4 billion recovery package for areas devastated by super storm sandy, but the relief is hardly a done deal because the bill faces an uncertain future in the house. molly henneberg is live in washington to ex it. >> there are a couple of reasons why the sandy aid legislation may along wish in the house. price of the bill and number two the calendar. let's go to number one. some conservative lawmakers are uncomfortable with the $60.4 billion aid package passed by the senate. a congressman says congress needs to figure out where to get that money. >> i'm saying this is somebody who knows it may be me next. it may be my district. somebody has to pay for it. it's right th
ABC
Jan 3, 2013 1:40am PST
than those in the past. for the first time, the new congress will have 20 female senators. that is the most in history. it will also have the fewest number of military veterans since world war ii. and tammy baldwin, a democrat from wisconsin, will become the nation's first openly gay senator. >> and their plate will be full. everyone is cheering this tax deal that got done with the fiscal cliff. essentially what they did was establish three more fiscal cliffs to deal with. one over the sequester, which are the massive spending cuts. that's going to happen in the next two months. then the debt ceiling debate and then also a continuing budget resolution. so there are three more cliffs coming in 2013. it's going to be another year where congress will be wrapped up in fiscal matters. you wonder what else could or would or will get done this year. >> maybe they will be more productive, though. maybe they can get along. >> i love your optimism. so good luck. >> my new year's resolution is to be more optimistic. it's only day three, though. >> good luck, congress. >>> also overnight, we learn
WETA
Jan 1, 2013 7:00pm EST
members of the 113th congress. tonight the senator-elect from nebraska, republican deb fiscr. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by: moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... but that was after the measure ran into initial republican resistance with demands for more spending cuts. congress began the new year having missed its deadline to keep tax cuts from rising back to 1990's levels for most americans. and to prevent across-the-board spending cuts. instead, house republicans and democrats spent much of the day mulling a bill that cleared the senate shortly before 2:00 a.m. >> the yeas are 89. the nays are 8. 60-vote threshold having been achieved, the bill as amended is passed. >> woodruff: the senate bill makes permanent the bush-era tax fits for 99% of fami
KOFY
Jan 1, 2013 9:00pm PST
house and senate congress can take credit for retroactive tax cuts. avoid this cliff congress exceptionally set up new ones n.2 most they have to deal with the automatic spending cut they put off and have a nasty fight over the debt ceiling. abc news washington. >>> that deal now goes to the president. stock in asia are already up over the news and of course the real test comes tomorrow when the stock exchange open ins new york at 6:30 in the morning. more on that on our morning news that begins at 4:30 am. now to the weather and very cold temperatures outside. spencer here with quick look at the numbers. >> very cold is right. possibly under statement look at live doppler 7 hd absence of clouds and precipitation and temperatures dropping. 33 agrees in fairfield. 37 livermore. it's quite cold all around the bay area tonight and speaking of the cold snap we have a freezing warning in effect for virtually the entire north bay from 11:00 p.m. to 9 am. low pressure in the affected area here from 24 to 28 degrees freezing damage possible to crops and sensitive vegetation. also for
MSNBC
Dec 31, 2012 6:00am PST
. >> something has done terribly wrong when the biggest threat to our american economy is our american congress. >> the senate will reconvene at 11:00 this morning, but after a day of public gamesmanship and little obvious progress behind the scenes on sunday. >> there's still significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations continue. >> i want everyone to know i'm willing to get this done, but i need a dance partner. >> mitch mcconnell called on vice president joe biden to be that dance partner. biden has brokered 11th-hour deals with the republican leader in the past. mcconnell's appeal came just hours after the president appeared on "meet the press" and called out republican leaders by name. >> congress has not been able to get this stuff done, not because democrats in congress don't want to go ahead and cooperate, but because i think it's been very hard for speaker boehner and republican leader mcconnell to accept the fact that taxes on the wealthiest americans should go up a little bit as part of an overall deficit reduction package. >> nbc's capitol hill correspondent kelly o'
MSNBC
Jan 3, 2013 7:00am PST
congress ever, mostly on the democratic side. republicans have said they're amenable to the senate version of the bill, which they haven't been in the past. that has a chance to get through this congress. >> nia, what do you see that could get done? >> i think jackie is right. i think one of the things we have to keep in mind is anything can happen, with these domestic bills that, awful shooting in sandy hook was out of the blue and really revved up conversations around gun control. >> conversation is one thing, action's another thing. >> that's right. i think that's right. and i think we have to see over these next weeks and months whether or not action actually happens. as i said, you did have senators, for instance, democratic senators at least coming out and saying let's at least look at that and think about an assault weapons ban and magazine clip and things like that. i think jackie is exactly right that this congress is the most diver diverse, 20 women, white men are the minority in the house. republicans are looking at what happened in 2012 and looking at the way they perfo
ABC
Jan 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
backs on new yorkers. >> the democrats still control the senate, the republicans the house. but the new congress is different, more win, more minority and the call, at least to come together. >> to work in friendship and partnership to live up to the legacy of our founders and our aspirations of our constituents. >> that bipartisan saw a display today senator returned after a year abs sense after a stroke and made his way up the steps to get back to work. the nation hoping the rest of congress can do the same. they face a real laundry list of top issues. you have the debt, obamacare sequestration, immigration, all of them but congress gets back to work tomorrow and they are screded to take their first vote -- squeded to take their first vote of the sandy relief package. >> thank you. among the new members sworn into today tim kaine to take the oat of office. jim web is was on hand today swearing in he defeated george allen for the senate seat. >> the i.r.s. is trying to figure out if tax refunds will be delayed because of the last-minute fiscal cliff deal. they are reviewing details
CBS
Jan 1, 2013 6:00pm EST
113th congress. tonight the senator-elect from nebraska, republican deb fischer. >> woodruff: that's all ahead on tonight's newshour. >> major funding for the pbs newshour has been provided by moving our economy for 160 years. bnsf, the engine that connects us. >> and by the bill and melinda gates foundation. dedicated to the idea that all people deserve the chance to live a healthy, productive life. >> and with the ongoing support of these institutions and foundations. and... >> this program was made possible by the corporation for public broadcasting. and by contributions to your pbs station from viewers like you. thank you. >> woodruff: this turned out to be a long day of waiting for final action on the "fiscal cliff" bill that cleared the senate early today. in the house, the measure ran into republican demands for more spending cuts, and its prospects for passage there dimmed. congress began the new year having missed its deadline to keep tax cuts from rising back to 1990's levels for most americans. and to prevent across-the-board spending cuts. instead, house republicans and democ
FOX Business
Jan 1, 2013 12:00am EST
their value. congress, not much. >> zero. >> but can they avoid the fiscal cliff? senator gop john ba roost sew joins us later. no matter what deal congress strike the capital-gains tax, it shoots up next year. we'll tell you what investors can do to say in the game. more mony coming up less than seven hours until the new year and nothing rippings in the new year better than the government raising your taxes right? the capital-gains tax inease will be 20% from the current 15 some argue that would generate more money from unsell cam. my -- uncle sam. my next guest has a long list of reasons that this would hurt the economy. he is the from the cato institute and head of downsizing dost government.org. thank you for joining us on this holiday. >> thank you. adam: why won't it raise more money if we raise the capital-gains tax? why won't it raise t money for treasury. >> capital very mobile. we live in a globalized economy. if the united states raises its taxes on capital, in other words, investment, investment will flee across international borders. countries that have high tax rates
PBS
Jan 3, 2013 2:30pm PST
>> brown: a new congress with old problems. 94 freshmen house and senate members were sworn in today as the most diverse legislature in american history opened for business. good evening, i'm jeffrey brown. >> woodruff: and i'm judy
CSPAN
Dec 30, 2012 10:30am EST
congress to. it is currently senate budget committee chairman and was first elected to the senate in 1986. this is about half an hour. >> senator conrad, your farewell speech was yesterday. what is that like? >> it has been great. i had the going away party the night before. a lot of my colleagues were there. then the farewell speech, in which i had a chance to reflect on my service here. but also, to challenge my colleagues to finish the job on the grand bargain to get our fiscal house in order. i laid out the specifics of what i thought would be a genuine compromise between the two sides. it was satisfying. >> why did you decide not to run again? >> many reasons. i have served your 26 years. less than 5% of senators in history have served the long. part of it is, i am tired of living out of a suitcase. i missed a% of my wife's birthdays, 80% of our anniversaries. sometimes change is a good thing. after 26 years, i felt the need to have somebody else take these responsibilities. >> some people have written that the senate was not the same for you. >> that is true. my best friend, he
CSPAN
Dec 29, 2012 7:00am EST
: good morning. i would like to make a general comment about the congress and the senate. somehow they have gotten off track for the american people. they need to bring jobs back to the united states. president obama promised in his campaign to lower the corporate tax rate, which i believe would bring some corporations back to set up their factories of in america and said of china, india, brazil. it just seems like congress and our leaders in general are trying to bring america down equal to the other nations of the world. i believe it is all headed for a one world government. they have to knock america down before they can get us equal with the other countries in the world. we are building the other countries up. it's a cinch to me like our leaders reject i agree with the last caller, there should be term limits. after they are in there so long, their interest is not in helping america. it seems to me like they are positioning for money in their own pockets or they become lobbyists. this secreted a law that they should not be able to become lobbyists for a few years sucker they leave
ABC
Jan 2, 2013 6:00am EST
congress adjourned without voting on a bill to help victims of super storm center. the senate approved a $60 billion legislation on friday and the house was expected to vote on a smaller bill before the congress and tomorrow. a spokesman says house speaker john boehner is committed to getting the bill passed. >> 6:00 a team and i want to complain about how cold it is but it will be work. >> they have mid-30's at 6:00 in the morning. >> was there 50 during the week? >> that is like seven days away. >> hang in there. >> it is so good to have the team together again. it is not a bad day overall. we have clouds this morning and even a wintry mix to the south. this will be pushing out. we have some sun we can look forward to into the afternoon 36 degrees which is not bad but this time tomorrow, we will be about 10 degrees cooler than that. there is much colder air coming in and we will not make a lot of progress today. it will warm up but not a whole lot. it is 30 degrees in gaithersburg right now. the clearing skies are trying to come in. we have that cool breeze so there is a bit of a win
FOX Business
Dec 26, 2012 6:00pm EST
representatives to say no more taxes. what do you say? >> first of all, as you know, from congress to the senate and people in his or her state -- this pledge is protecting american people through tax increases. we haven't had a republican republican vote for a tax increase in 22 years. that has really slowed down the growth of government from what it would've been otherwise. now, obama comes in and wants to spend more and raise taxes. republicans are saying no. we would have a problem if obama hadn't increased the budget by a trillion dollars more a year. gerri: let's face it, whether you're talking about stimulus spending, obamacare, that's3 going to go through the roof, the things that you're going to pay for all this with higher taxes is lunacy, to say the least. on that note, we're going to have to leave it there. thank you for coming, grover. we hope to see you in the new year. christmas sales were weaker than expected. so now retailers have to give shoppers deeper discounts. in a new proposal to help struggling homeowners. don't worry, the government will take care of you. we w
CBS
Jan 3, 2013 6:00pm EST
congress, today marked an especially momentous return to work. republican senator mark kirk of illinois suffered a stroke 10 months ago, and had to learn how to walk again. today, he climbed the 45 steps of the capitol, with vice president biden and west virginia senator joe manchin on hand for support. secretary of state hillary clinton will return to work at the state department sometime next week. clinton was discharged yesterday from a new york hospital, where she had been treated for a blood clot in her head. a state department spokeswoman said clinton is now resting at her home in new york, but wants to get back to washington. >> some of the senior staff who spoke to her half an hour ago said that she's sounding terrific, upbeat, raring to go. she's looking forward to getting back to the office. she is very much planning to do so next week and we'll have further precise details about that as she continues to make progress. >> sreenivasan: clinton is stepping down soon. senator john kerry has been nominated to be the next secretary of state. classes resumed today for the connecticu
NBC
Dec 30, 2012 11:30pm EST
. -- >> mitch mcconnell is vowing to find out. >> can the senate veteran help congress tumble to a deal on the last day? >> if we do go off the fiscal cliff, congress would be more likely to make a deal. members could claim they are cutting taxes. >> thank you. if america does fall off the fiscal cliff on the first of the year, maryland would be hit hard. hundreds of millions of dollars and tens of thousands of jobs lost. >> we have a lot of federal workers and businesses that rely on the federal government. many are watching the negotiations closely. if partisan politics prevail and they cannot reach a deal, americans in maryland will burden will -- will be burdened. legislativent of observances had a report about what the impact would be. if we fall off the fiscal cliff. maryland will lose $178 million in funding next year. economists say to make up for it, the state will have to make cuts. >> it will be a challenge to make the ends meet. >> the greater economic impact could be huge hit in sales and income revenue. the state would lose about $268 million in 2013 and another million in 20
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